Star Wars Watches are nothing new, as we’ve seen a bunch of releases from Nixon, limited edition Stormtrooper Aquis and Darth Vader ProDiver watches from Oris, and remember that wild Corum Bubble Deathstar? That said, we just got word that Citizen Watches—following their growing partnership with Disney—has just unveiled five limited edition Star Wars themed watches offered exclusively via Amazon.
First off, this is a real interesting twist to see a brand (any brand, for that matter) making an official release through the online retail giant. If this news had come from a Swiss brand we’d be assuming this was an ill-timed April Fools prank, but given the fact that Citizen (as well as its sister company Bulova) currently maintains an official presence on Amazon, this positioning makes a fair bit of sense for the release of these limited edition Star Wars watches.
Because these days every limited edition production number has to mean something, 4 of the 5 releases are limited to 1,977 pieces—corresponding to the birth year of the franchise. In an especially thoughtful move, the Eco-Drive watch inspired by Boba Fett is limited to 1,980 pieces (the year of his character’s first appearance in The Empire Strikes Back. You can find the entire collection on Amazon here, but here’s what you need to know about these 5 new limted edition Star Wars Watches.
Citizen Star Wars Skywalker Chronograph
Starting with my personal favorite of the pack, this Eco-Drive chronograph measures 44mm across, and is fitted on a leather-backed 22mm nylon leather strap. As with many of its siblings, there are a good number of thoughtful details on its dial. The Rebel Alliance symbol is the most obvious, in its lower subdial, but both its 24h subdial and the v-shaped indice at 12 o’clock steal design cues from Skywalker’s X-Wing flight helmet. Last but not least, you’ll note the shape and color of the central chronograph seconds hand—lightsaber, anyone? The chronograph is priced at $425.
Citizen Star Wars Death Star
There are a good number of ways a Death Star watch could have been executed, but in our eyes Citizen took the right route. Rather than being too elaborate with a photo-realistic dial (as Corum did previously), this dial is a little more artsy in its black and white imagery. What makes it a real win is the fact that all of the white details (both the dial and its hands) are luminous, and we can’t wait to see live images of piece in the dark.
Citizen Star Wars Boba Fett
Far less obvious than its counterparts, this tribute to Boba Fett is the kind of watch that no one will pick out of a lineup as a Star Wars watch without being very well versed in the franchise. Obviously the color choices are on point, but the geometric pattern on its green dial matches Fett’s chest armor, whereas the yellow accents are pulled from a specific variant of his helmet. This piece is once again Eco-Drive powered, and measures 43mm in Diameter.
Citizen Star Wars Han Solo
Up to now we were pretty much on board with all of the color combos and details, but we can’t help but think that the Han Solo Star Wars Watch looks more like a Baume et Mercier Capeland Chrono Shelby Cobra watch than it does something paying tribute to Han. Citizen calls out the lower subdial as referencing the Millenium Falcon, and the strap rivets a nod to Han’s utility belt. At least the dial color (blue with the red stripe) are a nod to Han’s pants, though even as a fairly avid fan of the franchise I had to refer to Google Images to confirm this.
Citizen Star Wars Darth Vader
Last but not least, a Star Wars watch set would not be complete without the mighty Lord Vader. Again taking the subtle approach, this piece draws cues from Vader’s helmet vents, chest module, and lightsaber, as well as hiding a muted Galactic Empire logo in the spot where a subdial would typically live at 6 o’clock. Like the Death Star watch, this piece is a more modest 41mm in diameter, and is priced at $450.